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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I need to do this more often...

Saturday night I took my oldest out to dinner and a play. My mom is very involved in the local volunteer theatre and is often in some kind of production. She's so great at it! I thought taking my big man to dinner and a then to see his grandma do her thing would be a nice time for him.

We almost never get a chance to do anything with just the two of us. After Saturday night, I have resolved to make an effort to plan things like this more often. It was so nice to hang out with him alone. He's like a different kid when his little brother isn't around.

I realized I need to get to know this other kid better. The truth is, as hard as it is to swallow, this "other kid" is actually who he really is. He's growing up.

The reminders of my time with him running short are fresh everyday.

He's at that age. He's twelve. Adolescence has reared its ugly head, and some days you just don't know what you're gonna get with him. One minute he's on top of the world, and the next miute he's slamming his door and yelling some sort of retaliation from behind it.

He's a great kid! He's just at that age.

It's clear to me that I need to make more of an effort at this stage he's at. I've told you before I stink at being a big kid's mom. I've got the little guy thing down! It's this new stage I have to really work at. It seems like when they're little you can do no wrong, but when they're big, you do everything wrong.

But Saturday night, I did something right! I gave him my undivided attention. We went to the Outback for dinner where he cleared a NY strip like it was the first thing he'd eaten in a week! We talked, laughed, and just hung out.

My favorite part of the night was when we were seated at our booth. Him on one side, me on the other. Once he was seated he looked up and said, "Can I sit over there with you?"

My heart sank, and I tried to keep my excited inside. Of course, I scooched over.

We played hangman without any interruptions while we waited for our food.

My hangman phrase: Merry Christmas
His hangman phrase: hairy buttcrack

Hey! I'll take what I can get!


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At November 30, 2010 at 8:07 AM , Blogger TerriG said...

Funny kid. Thanks for the reminder, I always love a little alone time with each boy. Stopping by from the hop.

At November 30, 2010 at 8:08 AM , Blogger ~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

This is very sweet and I bet he loved every minute of it!

At November 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Sara said...

This is cute, what a great "date". Normally I'm pretty anti side- sitters, but this was the most adorbale execption EVER. Also, only a biy would think "hairy buttcrack" is an acceptable hangman term- HAHAHAHAHAHA

At November 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Di said...

I bet that's the best "Date" you've been on in a long time too! I love stealing my nieces or nephews to spend a weekend alone with me. There are 4 of them so its rare to get one on one time. Although my nephew kicked my butt at Monopoly last time and I still haven't gotten over that!

At November 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

What a handsome young man! I feel the same stuff about my son even though he's only 8. It's rough on the oldest... always being the first and being experimented on.

You're making an effort to tie heartstrings so you're already ahead of the game!

At November 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM , Blogger purseblogger said...

My daughter just turned 12 and is having similar things happen. Adolesence is definitely roaring its ugly head. How great you did that with him. I want to do that with my daughter. I need to make more effort to spend that one on one time. :)

At November 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM , Blogger Shell said...

Wow, does he look like you!

Mine are still younger, but I'm trying to spend one-on-one time with each. So different.

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